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Online Problem-based Learning and the Development of Critical Thinking PROCEEDINGS

, Kutztown University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Abstract: This paper will discuss the effect of online problem-based learning (PBL) on the development of critical thinking in two graduate education courses that focus on technology integration. The mixed-method study was conducted in a small university in the northeastern United States. Findings indicate that carefully designed online PBL can promote development of critical thinking. Participants attributed their development of critical thinking to the process of problem-based learning in the online environment. They articulated that they were able to apply critical thinking in their teaching practice. Through the process of online PBL, participants stated that they developed a habit of critical thinking and found that they changed their pedagogical practice to include PBL in their classrooms.

Citation

Sims, M. (2012). Online Problem-based Learning and the Development of Critical Thinking. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012 (pp. 912-915). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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